Illustration from Princess Cora and the Crocodile, by Laura Amy Schlitz.

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Signed books: If you’re interested in a signed copy of a book, you can place an order with my neighborhood bookstore, Books Are Magic. Reach them at hello (at), or 718 246 2665. They can hold a copy of the book for you if it’s in stock, or order it if it’s not. Once Books Are Magic lets you know they have your book on hand, send me an email and I’ll swing by and sign the book. Then Books Are Magic will ship it to you. Depending on my schedule, it may take me anywhere between a day and two weeks to sign your book, but I'll be glad to do it.


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